5 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 91 points (-0.6%) at 15,838 as of Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 929 issues advancing vs. 2,026 declining with 145 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), down 3.4%, Royal Philips ( PHG), down 2.9%, Liberty Global ( LBTYK), down 2.8%, Southwest Airlines ( LUV), down 2.6% and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 2.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP), up 4.3%, Kansas City Southern ( KSU), up 2.2%, Rockwell Automation ( ROK), up 0.8%, W.W. Grainger ( GWW), up 0.8% and Canadian National Railway ( CNI), up 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

5. Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands is down $0.59 (-0.8%) to $74.67 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.53-$75.20 after having opened the day at $74.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.26.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $60.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Target ( TGT) is down $0.53 (-0.9%) to $57.36 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.35-$57.86 after having opened the day at $57.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.89.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $36.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Target a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Target as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Target Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) is down $1.93 (-2.4%) to $79.92 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.63-$81.70 after having opened the day at $81.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.85.

Michael Kors Holdings Limited engages in the design, marketing, distribution, and retailing of branded women's apparel and accessories, and men's apparel. The company operates in three segments: Retail, Wholesale, and Licensing. Michael Kors Holdings has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Michael Kors Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Michael Kors Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Michael Kors Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is down $0.81 (-0.9%) to $93.37 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.02-$94.30 after having opened the day at $93.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.18.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $93.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full McDonald's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSA) is down $0.32 (-0.6%) to $53.03 on light volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.51-$53.28 after having opened the day at $53.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.35.

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $112.1 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Comcast Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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